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Video: Your Images for Sale - important information for artists

Photobucket round two, more information:
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tekararogue From: tekararogue Date: July 25th, 2008 07:01 pm (UTC) (Link)
DA (Deviant Art) had a policy that sounded similar a while back, and that's pretty much why I don't have a DA account. Didn't know about Photobucket, though, and I use them to upload pictures to put on my LJ... be changing a few settings, I will.

Thanks for the heads-up on the sketchy policies!

sirielle From: sirielle Date: July 25th, 2008 07:14 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hello, no, deviantArt does not have such policy, no worries. That was a rumour reposted from one journal to another, but appeared to be therms of service misunderstanding. But Photobucket does, unfortunately, clearly stated in their TOS as the video shows and almost no one knows about it.
whitefantom From: whitefantom Date: July 25th, 2008 08:24 pm (UTC) (Link)
Tekararogue might be referring to DA prints accounts. Years ago, you had to pay a one-time fee to be able to sell prints through DA, but that was changed in 2006; now all accounts are enabled with a basic print account, allowing anyone to sell prints through DA for free; Premium prints accounts, which include quicker file approval, larger file sizes, and higher profits from sales, are $24.99 a year. Under this new policy, the art thieves on DA (and those who mistake DA purpose and use it like PhotoBucket to upload images they found on the web) have the easy ability to sell prints without any risk to them. This isn't quite like what PhotoBucket does, but it's similar in many of the same unfortunate ways.

sirielle From: sirielle Date: July 25th, 2008 08:51 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm permanent dA print account owner, lucky to buy it before changes. Basic account users can submit anything, but prints go under inspection - not only quality. In basic accounts case the inspection happens only if someone orders a print, while on premium accounts right away after submission. If the artwork is stolen chances are it will be reported before anyone steps on it to order prints and these really don't sell easy. But who would let 72 DPI little image to go under quality inspection over there, when they demand really big images for the bets quality?

dA users report quickly identity thieves, even some original artists are being reported often and get banned, so this is even too harsh at times. I expect it would be really hard for a thief to fake anything on dA and sell good quality prints, first get a high res image without copyrights notices, while it would be really easy on another services like CafePress and similar, where there is no inspection, what you submit that goes. Random visitor could always report, but it's less probable than on art community like dA.

Karolina [sirielle at dA]
tekararogue From: tekararogue Date: July 25th, 2008 09:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
I was wondering if the DA thing was true or not, but never got around to checking their TOS. Duly noted.
violetice From: violetice Date: July 25th, 2008 10:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for posting this. I didn't find out about this until a couple months ago and I immediately set my album to private.
dernhelm1982 From: dernhelm1982 Date: July 27th, 2008 11:57 pm (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for sharing this. It makes me glad my album is set to private.
From: (Anonymous) Date: December 22nd, 2008 03:18 am (UTC) (Link)
Um, WOW. Thanks for that tid bit.
From: (Anonymous) Date: December 22nd, 2008 03:22 am (UTC) (Link)
I think that NOT tagging you photos can be helpful too. I could be wrong but that's just my opinion. I think your photos are less likely to appear in a search if they are not tagged, or named for that matter.
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